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I look back to that night

I look back to that night

The first patient who passed in my presence….. 5 y.o boy…I thought I will never go back to nursing, instead I am in palliative care. Whenever I am in doubt of what I am doing in life I look back to that night, to that little boy […]

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I needed to be with him

I needed to be with him

When my son was dying, I needed to be with him at all moments. I needed to continue to be his caregiver. I needed to be able to not follow typical hospital rules.

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The most joyful and painful day

The most joyful and painful day

Losing my dad the same day in fact almost exactly 12 hours after the birth of my grandson was the most joyous and painful day I’ve experienced.

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The toughest thing to see is a mother walking away

The toughest thing to see is a mother walking away

The worst decision a parent is asked to make is when to pull the plug on their 7 year old fighting brain cancer. The toughest thing to see is a mother walking away from the hospital after her only son passes away!

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I wish we could have been with you

I wish we could have been with you

Dear Paul, Your Dad and I miss you very much dear Paul, I wish we could have been with you when you died. I hope you were not afraid. Our lives are not the same without you. You live in our hearts and memories. Mom.  

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Thank you my love

Thank you my love

To My Beautiful Girl, Without taking a breath, your beauty, love and spirit has made this world more beautiful. You have unleashed a capacity to love and cherish amongst so many people. Thank you my love. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for allowing me to […]

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Remembering is a journey

Remembering is a journey

Being able to be a PSW as well as a Mom of a child who was born “medically fragile” then palliative so young 🙁 I was with him every day of his life… I was holding him & singing to him when he crossed over 🙁 …. I was […]

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Begging for relief from his pain

Begging for relief from his pain

I was in the hospital about 1998. Every night a young boy cried, he had cancer and wanted his meds. But the nurse wouldn’t give him. He cried every night for 2 hours. Poor boy was begging for relief from his pain. I asked the nurses giving […]

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How can we learn to grieve

How can we learn to grieve

You were never spoke of — the baby that miscarried, The baby that died in the womb, the child dead at birth. No grief was shown to us — the living children. How can we learn to grieve your passing?

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All that’s left is grief

All that’s left is grief

I never got to know you. Nor you know me. You died before you were born. All that;s left is the grief I feel for what your life could have been.

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